A minor fire broke out on INS Matanga, while it was undergoing repairs in the Naval Dockyard on Sunday afternoon, Navy officials said. No injury or damage to the vessel was reported and the blaze was immediately brought under control, a Navy spokesperson said. An inquiry into the incident has been initiated.
The incident occurred at 3 pm on Sunday when a private firm working on-board was carrying out steel welding in the Sewage Treatment Plant compartment. “Insulating material in the adjacent compartment started smoldering and emitting thick smoke. It was promptly detected by the duty personnel on site and the situation was brought under control by the ship’s staff with assistance from Naval Dockyard fire station,” said the Navy spokesperson.
The spokesperson confirmed that no personnel was injured and the vessel did not sustain any material damage.
The INS Matanga was built in the Garden Reach Shipyard in Kolkata and commissioned on April 2, 1983. The 67.8 meter long vessel was built to assist in diving operations and carry out salvage operations. It carries a Recompression Chamber and conducts firefighting operations. On a limited scale, it can also conduct submarine rescue. It has a maximum speed of 15 knots.
This is the twelfth such incident in a span of a year to have rocked the navy. On March 7, Commander Kuntal Wadhwa was killed during a gas leak while inspecting firefighting systems aboard the yet to be commissioned INS Kolkata at Mazgaon Docks. A month earlier, on February 26, Lt Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt Manoranjan Kumar were killed after smoke filled the INS Sindhuratna while it was being trialled off the coast of Mumbai.